On Saturday, I got the chance to hang out at the intimate apparel store Come-hither on 18th Street here in Owensboro.  There, I met Victoria Hess, who owns and operates a home-based bakery called Sweet Temptations by Victoria.  She sells some of her products at Come-hither and I got the chance to sample two different types of Christmas bark, a homemade chocolate/peanut butter cup and the most insane Cookies 'n' Cream hot chocolate bomb I have ever had.

Victoria's story is as sweet and delicious as you would expect it to be.  Here's how Sweet Temptations came to be.

Victoria has followed in the footsteps of her mother and grandmother.  It's literally no exaggeration to say that she has been baking from scratch since she was three-years-old.  For years, she pretty much just shared her talents with family and friends.  However, those friends and family members started encouraging Victoria to branch out and share her talents with the community.  And she has certainly done that, much to the delight of her fiance Mike and her kids, Gabby and Kai.  They are Victoria's official taste-testers and are happy to be on call anytime Victoria is in the kitchen.  By the way, the kitchen is certainly where she spends her time.  Victoria is baking about 12 to 14 hours a day as her business continues to grow.

Some of Victoria's most beloved recipes have actually been in her family for generations.  She has modified a few and given them some tweaks, but remains committed to her guiding principle.  There are NO box mixes.  Everything Victoria makes is from scratch and she uses the best ingredients she can get her hands on to bring her creations to life.

In addition to being a gifted baker, Victoria is also a talented artist.  In fact, she loves art and has taken art classes for fifteen years.  And there's no doubt it pays off her in kitchen creations.  She says, "I love that I can incorporate those skills into each custom request order and gourmet dessert."

Speaking of which, take a look!  Here's a sample of the "Sweet Tempations" Victoria is baking up.

If you would like more information about Sweet Temptations by Victoria, you can visit her official Facebook page.  You can also order online at SweetTemptationsByVictoria.com.

She will also be at Come-hither & Crave Nutrition for a 2-day Black Friday special.  She will be loaded up with Christmas desserts, including chocolate- covered pretzels, cookies, hot cocoa bombs, & more!

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